Heads up Pennsylvania, you have an excellent opportunity to send the status quo packing and elect a true conservative.
“Art is a retired Coast Guard Captain, an entrepreneur, and a staunch advocate of personal liberty, limited government and fiscal conservatism…He is solidly pro-family and pro-life. After a distinguished 29 year military career, Art retired to Mann’s Choice, Pennsylvania.”
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Halvorson graduated the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management, earned an MBA at the College of William and Mary and his Master’s of Science in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Air War College. Art served his first military tour aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, an icebreaking ship on the Great Lakes. Subsequently, Art completed naval flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, served as a rescue helicopter pilot, flight instructor, test pilot and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station in Houston, Texas.
Halvorson retired as a Captain in the Coast Guard in 2006 to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit full time. He is also a member of the National Rifle Association.
Read more from the Madison Project and their endorsement here.
On the Issues (from his campaign site)
Second Amendment – “I strongly support American citizens’ right to bear arms under the Second Amendment…The Second Amendment reaches back to our nation’s founding, as citizens protected their families, farms, and future from all threats. Our founders recognized the need to entrust arms to citizens, enabling them to defend against foes – domestic and foreign – and the dangers of the frontier. George Mason, who helped write the Bill of Rights, said, ‘To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.’…I will not surrender our rights as citizens to the federal government, nor will I apologize for the culture and proud heritage of our district. I will vocally and legislatively oppose any attempts to limit our right to bear arms and will work alongside organizations like the NRA, Gun Owners of America, and Firearms Owners Against Crime to educate Americans on the safe ownership and use of firearms.” Read more on his position here.
Taxation and Spending – “William Cobbett, an English farmer and political activist, once said, ‘The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor […], and to give it to those who do not labor.’…The 9th district of Pennsylvania has a proud tradition of labor, from rich agricultural roots to a leading producer of coal. The people of this district are not afraid of hard, honest work…I will adamantly oppose the expansion of our national debt and undue tax increases to pay for a pork-ridden entitlement government. Some say we can balance the budget in ten years; I believe it must be done in seven. We cannot risk our future on unaccountable spending, earmarks, and government programs, which effectively hold people in poverty, and block them from a prosperous future through honest labor. I believe in the proud work ethic of Pennsylvania’s 9th district, and I will defend your earnings against the ever-growing, ever-taxing hands of the federal government.” Read his full position here.
Health Care – “As a global economic leader for centuries, the America has thrived, based largely on the principles of personal responsibility, entrepreneurialism and free market capitalism. Yet when it comes to healthcare, our government has undermined these principles at every turn. Our tax laws, regulations and liability laws have, for years, driven up the cost of healthcare. As costs rose, our liberal leaders doubled down on these bad policies by passing Obamacare, against the will of the American people. Obamacare, with its new regulations, massive taxes, fees and mandates has already reduced choice, increased costs and squelched innovation. Fortunately, we’ve seen the value of market based approaches that encourage Health Savings Accounts, personal responsibility, healthy living and better consumer decisions. I will fight passionately to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense policies based on the principles of personal responsibility and free (sic) markets. We must reform our system to drive competition, cut costs, and return power to individuals.” Read Halvorson’s American Plan for Healthcare Reform here.
Immigration – Halvorson’s statement on the Senate immigration bill and the expansion of H1B visas is very clear, “Engineering has shortage of jobs not a shortage of qualified workers…According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 there were 100,100 Americans with engineering degrees unemployed and looking for work, 244,000 Americans with engineering degrees who quit looking for work, and another 1.47 million Americans with engineering degrees working in other fields…and there are only 1.5 million people employed as engineers in the U.S.”
Halvorson is to be commended. He disagrees with Senators Cruz and Lee on the expansion of H1B visas, and believes the role of a elected official is to represent Americans and American jobs not foreign workers. Americans in the science and engineering field spend tens of thousands of hard-earned dollars and years completing their education and should not be forced to complete with lower wage foreign workers for jobs in their own country.
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